Green Thumb Gardening

The Green Thumb Gardening Series offers residents of Hampton Roads classes, workshops, and tours in partnership with VCE Master Gardeners of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. A new series of five classes starts every year in April and runs through mid-May, The schedule for 2020 is below. To register go to 

2020 Green Thumb Flyer

Here are some helpful links that can help you with you gardening questions. 

Vegetable Planting Guide and Recommended Planting Dates

Companion Planting

Recommended Vegetable Planting Dates for Chesapeake  

Air Purifying Indoor House Plants


Lawn Care in Tidewater -- Publications for Lawn Class:

Establishing Lawns 

Selecting Turfgrass

Maintenance Calendar for Warm-Season Turfgrasses in Virginia

Maintenance Calendar for Cool-Season Turfgrasses in Virginia


Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -- Publications for Insects Class:

Beneficial Insects

Gardening for Bees

Japanese Beetles

Spider Mites

Squash Bugs


Colorado Potato Beetle

Cucumber Beetles

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Scale Insects

Squash Vine Borer

Termite Biology & Behavior

Signs of Termite Infestation

Termite Treatment Options

Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA)


Plant Disease: The Fungus Among Us -- Publications for Plant Disease Class:

Building Healthy Soil

Diagnosing Plant Problems

Plant Disease Diagnostic Form

Botrytis Blight of Peony

Powdery Mildew of Ornamental Plants

Azalea Leaf and Flower Gall

Late Blight of Tomato and Potato


Home Landscaping for the Novice -- Publications for Landscaping Class:

Creating a Water-Wise Landscape

Landscaping for Less in the Landfill

The Value of Landscaping

Backyard Wildlife Habitats


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